As parents shop around for Christmas presents, aiming to fill all their children’s requests, it’s important to know that not all toys are safe for kids, especially the young ones. While choking on something can happen to anyone, kids under 6 years old, are the most at risk.
Parents know young children like to put things in their mouths, so toys must be checked for potential choking hazards before gifting to kids. If parents also have older children, doctors suggest the older kids store their toys separately and out of reach of the younger ones. Doctors also urge parents to be extra careful with kids under the age of 6 by gifting sturdy, well-built toys.
“Sometimes toys come with little accessories or parts that are removable, you would want to avoid that. Then like I said, a sturdy toy. If a child can rip or tear a piece of that toy off, they will and it will become a choking hazard,” says Sara Karpuk, Physician’s Assistant at Mercy.
Another choking advisory doctors want parents to be aware of is button batteries. Not only can they be a choking hazard but they can also cause inter-abdominal issues if swallowed.